The WCOID – Day 15, On Short Answers

0043 - number 15The Writing  Challenge of Indeterminate Duration – Day 15

It’s Sunday! And you know what that means! That’s right, it’s Anything Can Happen Sunday (ACHS) here on Pucker Up Buttercup! I’m your host, the Baroness Lesbiana Von Lichtenclit and have we got some fun lined-up for you!

If you recall, last week, on the inaugural ACHS, we discovered that when anything can happen, most people would prefer that it’s anything besides reader participation. And that’s fine. Because how can’t know if you don’t try? It’s like the old saying goes, “If you don’t try, you die. And if you die, you’re dead.”

We’re still going to be using 642 Things To Write About, but today the focus will be on what I like to call the “short-response prompts”. That is, those that made me think or elicited a response from me, but didn’t inspire me to write an entire post. As always, you’re welcome to share your thoughts and I’d be delighted to hear from you; and if not, that’s fine too. The most important thing is that we’re all here. Together.

Now, without further ado, my short responses to short-response prompts:

A storm destroys your uncle’s shed and kills his six-year-old son. Describe the color of the sky right before the storm hits.
My six-year-old nephew just died in a shed accident and you want to know what color the sky was? I’m sure knowing that the clouds were purple-black, as if the sky was bruised, will be of great comfort to my family.

A woman thinks she might be living next door to her grandson.
Thinks? Might? Does this woman have Alzheimers? Because most grandmothers can recognize their grandchildren without much effort.

What nobody ever said to you
We’re from Publishers Clearinghouse. We brought you some balloons and a comically over-sized check.

Your favorite wine
It’s been a while, but the liquid kind that’s made from grapes was always good.

What you should throw away but can’t
A trashcan.

Rewite your college application essay from today’s point of view, answering the last question: “Is there anything else we should know?
“It depends. Will you be Googling me?”

Study a stranger. Go home and write a tragedy about his or her mother.
This had to have been suggested by the person who gave us the dead 6-year-old

What was the most recent incident in your life that made you laugh? 

diving fail







Your most treasured photograph

Someone's a grumpy little Baroness ...

Someone’s a grumpy little Baroness …






The secret that, if revealed, would upset everything.
It was a prank. There were two different dresses the whole time.

Five things that always get you in trouble
vodka, vodka, vodka, vodka, Jack Daniels

You are a 13 year old. Write a love letter to your boyfriend.
You are a 21 year old. Write a love letter to your girlfriend.
Hang on. Are these two prompts shown together because the girlfriend of the 21 year old is the 13 year old girl?? That’s creepy. I’m not writing about that.

Time magazine has just named you “Person of the Year.” Why?
Why not? I’m awesome.

Finding a bone in a parking lot?
“Hey, look! There’s a bone!”

“Okay, there’s a bone in the parking lot. So what?”

“I don’t know. I just think it’s interesting.”

“You are so weird.”

Elvis Costello said writing about music is like is like dancing about about architecture. Discuss.
I’ve always thought it’s more like stripping for pancakes.

A hopelessly messy person and an obsessively neat person become roommates.
Do I have to pay royalties to Neil Simon if I write this story?

Two guys walk into a bar …
The bartender goes, “Why the long face?” No no no, wait. It was two guys riding horses, they may have been cowboys … No, that’s not it. Oh! I remember, one of the guys was a horse, I think … I got it! Both guys were horses! But that doesn’t seem right. Anyway, it was really funny.

Choose a person who interests you. Write about following the person home.
Okay, in your best Jeff Foxworthy voice, “If you follow someone you like home, you might be a stalker.

You are a pirate. Describe your perfect day.
I turned the TV on for Junior and Sesame Street was featuring the letter “R.” My day just got better from there.

Write your obituary
Oh look! It’s Morbid Topic Guy again. awesome …

I hope you enjoyed yourselves here at Anything Can Happen Sunday. We’ll be back next Sunday with more hilarity and from the wacky world of blog posts; or join us for our regular program during the week. We’re always happy to have visitors.

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